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Call for Applications: Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Workshop

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Fully sponsored by the Newton-Katip Çelebi Fund Researcher Links scheme, a workshop on “Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: the impact on local and national economic growth and international competitiveness” will be held in Izmir, Turkey on May 23rd – 26th, 2016.

The workshop will explore and apply current research on how the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems of universities, regions and countries;

  • Accelerates the production and innovation in products and services and
  • Increases competitiveness of economies and economic growth.

The workshop aims to:

  • Bring together early career and senior researchers from UK and Turkey in order to explore the state of the art in the trending research topic of entrepreneurial ecosystems and its potential impact on regional and national economies.
  • Define and study the attributes of entrepreneurial ecosystems including their main components, the ways in which they work, as well as the ways in which they can be enhanced.
  • In the short term, increase awareness of entrepreneurial ecosystem analysis and management methods among early career researchers.
  • In the medium term, activate and enhance action research by ecosystem stakeholders on their entrepreneurial ecosystems, which will enhance innovation and economic growth of the partner country.

The Workshop will help to initiate a network of researchers on entrepreneurship ecosystems, create and support an innovative atmosphere forbrainstorming on common research interests, and encourage the emergence of groups with complementary competences to propose new collaborative research.

The career development and proposal writing sessions will encourage continued collaboration and provide information about funding international research and help participants develop Impact plans.

Senior researchers, acting as mentors, will help transfer their knowledge and experiences to early stage researchers. The keynote lectures of the workshop will support awareness raising and motivation of skilled early stage researchers in innovation-driven and high-impact entrepreneurship.

The ecosystem stakeholder sessions will bring together key representatives of Turkey’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and will encourage concrete actions to enhance the ecosystem; demonstrating the value of the entrepreneurial ecosystem concept in practice.

Workshop leaders include:

  • Professor Jonathan Levie, University of Strathclyde
  • Dr. Katerina Nicolopoulou, University of Strathclyde
  • Professor Erkko Autio, Imperial College, London
  • Dr. Serdal Temel, Ege University
  • Professor Fazilet Vardar Sukan, Ege University
  • Professor Erkan Erdil, METU

For further information, please visit or download the Workshop Brochure Izmir 2016.

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